Anna’s celebrity roller on Monday: Yaffe, cancer researcher and Marathon bomb doc
The Anna’s Taqueria chain has been hosting its “Celebrity Roller Series” since January, giving diners a rallying point and excuse to pay a little more for a burrito – $10 – because the proceeds go to the roller’s choice of local charities. “Top Chef” contestant and Sweet Cheeks barbecue owner Tiffani Faison was the first to roll.
This being a center of science, medicine and biotech as well as the culinary arts, we have a slightly different definition of “celebrity,” and on Monday the series moves to Cambridge to take cancer researcher Michael Yaffe out of the lab and put him behind the counter. Yaffe, an institute biologist and engineer, will be rolling burritos to support the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
But Yaffe is a celebrity for more than cancer research: He is also in the Army Reserves, and is a military and civilian trauma surgeon. When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, he rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to treat victims, later getting locked down inside as police searched for suspects.
“I was trained to do this. That helped a little bit. And when you are privileged to be able to take care of the victims, I think that is actually very therapeutic,” Yaffe told Science magazine in May.
The fundraiser takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology location of Anna’s Taqueria, 84 Massachusetts Ave. All the proceeds from burritos rolled by Yaffe go to the Koch Institute.
Anna’s seventh annual Walqueria is Sept. 21, with proceeds going to Boston’s Home for Little Wanderers. Details are here.